In the fall of 2013 many of you joined me for a 30 day writing series called "30 Days To Surviving Chronic Illness." I shared some of my own health struggles from the past 15+ years and some of the tips/tools I've found helpful. I was also blessed with some guest writing by acquaintances of mine who have been on their own health journeys. That 30 Day series is still available as a PDF, totally free. Or you can read the whole series online here. I update it occasionally and also set up a wellness page that you can access above.
During the writing of that 30 day series I got really sick again. Sicker than I was before; I didn't even think that was possible. I found myself re-reading my own 30 day series for advise and encouragement. I had to remind myself of what steps to take, what not to do, and mostly just hang on tight because although I have lived with chronic illness for a long time, I also believe in healing. I believe in answers. I believe in hope.
Am I still sick? Yep. But I'm also a little better. I've also learned a few new things about my body and what it requires. I've talked to countless others on this chronic illness journey and gained wisdom from them. And I fight on.
So a few weeks ago I decided it's time for a new series. Not just for other people to read but because I need to be reminded constantly of how to get on and stay on the path to wellness.
This will not be a 30 day series. Heavens, I cannot put myself through that again!
This new series will be called "Reclaiming Your Health: Where To Start." There will be 5 parts and I will release them as soon as they are completed but since one of my main triggers is stress, I'm not holding myself to any schedule. The goal is one part per week, we shall see.
I am also toying with the idea of creating an audio version of each week's points that will go into a little more detail and possibly interview some super smart people. There is A LOT of information to share, but let's face it, attention spans are short these days and that means articles need to be short and to the point. If you are interested in an audio version of this series please let me know!
Thanks to all of you who have shared your stories with me, cheered me on my journey and passed on the last series with those who desperately needed a shot of hope. You bless my life every day.
More to come soon!
PS: As luck would have it, this week Melody Ross of Brave Girls Club has released Part One of her own health journey. Melody has also dealt with chronic illness in recent years and is sharing the deep wisdom she has learned along the way. If you are a woman I highly recommend jumping over to Brave Girls Club and catching up on what Melody has to say, your soul will be forever changed.